Lighthouse in Hel, Hel

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Hel Lighthouse is an active lighthouse in the town of Hel, Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland. It is situated at the eastern tip of the Hel peninsula and guides ship traffic into Gdańsk Bay and the Bay of Puck.
The lighthouse on Hel has its origins in the 16th century when a fire was lit on the church tower at a height of 116 feet to guide ships. The structure burned down. In 1638 locals asked Gdańsk authorities to build a lighthouse on the peninsula. After deliberation, a wooden structure was erected circa 1640, with a range of about 6 miles. In 1667 it burned down, too.
Two further attempts at construction failed as well. However, seafaring in this area of the Baltic remained hazardous, so around 1790 another effort was made. A site was allocated, including a lighthouse-keeper's residence. The light was to be lit every day.
Though effectiveness improved, the lighthouse soon faced the problem of being obscured by growing trees. The construction of the first brick lighthouse started in 1806. Due to civil wars the effort dragged on until 1826.
The brick lighthouse wasn't high enough and ships continued to sink between Jastarnia and Hel. A cannon was placed at the lighthouse, fired every four minutes, as a sound signal. This continued until the gunner died in 1910. A stone commemorates the event to this day.
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  • The lighthouse in Hel is located in a forest with a beautiful surroundings. The 41-meter-high lighthouse in Hel was built in 1942. The previous lighthouse existed from 1826, but it was blown up...  more »
  • I was there yesterday in the afternoon, nit the queue was huge so i decide to visit it today in the morning. It opens at 9am and I was there round 10, there wasnt a lot of people so I was satisfied...  more »
  • Lots of people waiting in the line to go up as there’s not enough space upstairs, not much too see from the top - we prefer more The Stilo Lighthouse or the Rozewie Lighthouse as there are nice views and some exhibitions on the lower floors
  • Nice view, if you can manage the stairs. Nice exercise as a bonus.
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